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Children at play, Dalwood Homes, Balgowlah

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Climbing trees is one of the joys of childhood. These young boys were staying at the Dalwood Home in Balgowlah, a refuge for children who needed extra care after an illness or whose parents were temporarily unable to look after them. Girls over three and boys between three and seven were eligible to enter the Dalwood Home which opened in 1928. During the Second World War, when this photograph was taken, children of servicemen made up an increasing proportion of admissions.